Field report: Support for Kenyan Police in Tackling Child Exploitation (UK)

Goal:

To secure the placement of a permanent specialist officer on child sexual exploitation in the British High Commission in Kenya to meet the Kenyan National Police’s request to the United Kingdom for support in setting up and improving measures to tackle this crime.

Summary:

Following high profile cases of British sex offenders travelling to Kenya to exploit children, Kenya approached the UK for assistance. However, the Embassy only had one official dedicated to collaborating with the authorities not only on all crimes in Kenya but also across Eastern and Southern Africa. Although the UK does have a specialist agency to address child exploitation, it did not dedicate its resources overseas, even to areas known to be hotspots for traveling sex offenders who are UK nationals, which could assist with protection and prosecutions of the criminals.

Outcome:

After 80,000 supporters called for increased protection for Kenyan children from sexual exploitation and trafficking, the British High Commission in Kenya committed to providing training, equipment and financial assistance to the Kenyan National Police (KNP) at the launch of the first child protection unit in Nairobi. The unit showed early signs of success and the KNP plans to replicate it across the country, a valuable step for the protection of vulnerable children in Kenya.

Note:

It is estimated that 30,000 Kenyan children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The campaign reached out to people outside of Kenya, a popular tourist destination, with ineffective law enforcement allowing travelling sex offenders from several countries around the world to commit abuse with little threat of consequence.


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HAART Kenya

Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) was founded in response to the increasing crisis of human trafficking in Kenya. Founded in 2010, it works in the areas of prevention of trafficking, prosecution of trafficking offenders and protection of victims, and works with partners in advocacy and policy.